Psych 101 Lecture 2

Psych 101 Lecture 2 - T heories a re logically organized...

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Theories are logically organized ideas that attempt to explain phenomena Hypothesis - An idea about how a specific research study will turn out. They attempt to explain (like theories), but hypotheses more tentative and smaller in scope Operational Definitions- A procedure used define the concept (s) under examination. It’s harder than it looks and often forces you to limit your scope. Where the rubber meets the road Independent V. Dependent Variables Problem: –If everyone writes about their experience and the Psychologist checks the number of doctor visits, how can we conclude that expressing leads to fewer adjustment problems? • Experimental v. Control group Control: Write about the architecture of your dorm Independent Variable : • What you manipulate, vary, control in order to examine its effect on other variables Dependent Variable : After we manipulate the Independent Variable, we study the effects of the manipulation on the Dependent Variable. Experimental Design
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This note was uploaded on 02/16/2011 for the course PSYC 101 taught by Professor Jogmen during the Fall '08 term at Loyola Chicago.

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